In the bottom of the seventh inning in tonight’s game vs. the Milwaukee Brewers, Gary Sheffield hit the 500th homer of his career.
It was Sheffield’s first hit as a Met, his first pinch hit as a Met, his first long ball as a Met and the first player to hit his 500th one as a Met. The home run was not only tall, but it also tied the game.
That shot alone was well worth Sheffield’s $400,000 contract, maybe even a little more.
On the SNY post-game show, Sheffield said there’s a reason for everything. He said there was a reason he only hit 19 home runs last year, there was a reason he was released, and there was a reason he came to New York on “the biggest stage.” The reason, it turns out, was to make Mets history.
Next up to make Mets history? Carlos Delgado only needs 28 more home runs to get his 500th.